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hi

i bought a box of 10 la voz reeds, around 4 of them are playable and not to hard, however the other 6 are to hard for some reason, does anyone know any techniques to make them less hard or strong? like trimming?

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If they're too stiff, trimming will make the situation worse. After they're broken in, scrape a bit off the vamp with a knife. Scrape lightly then play-test, repeat until they start to feel like they are reaching your desired softness.
 

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shed until they don't seem so hard any more... I thought the same thing when I switched to rico jazz select 4H's on my Link...but after a week and a half of hard practice, I'm getting a beautiful sound from them....and it keeps improving as my control get's better with them.
 

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Chops has a point. Often the best reeds aren't the ones that play straight out of the box. If they are really hard sanding along the flat side with a fine sandpaper on a flat surface should do it.
 

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I used La Voz reeds for years. Now I can't find a good one. Same goes for Ricos. It's getting harder to find a good reed. Of course, they're the same company.
 

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I've been using La Voz for over a year now. So problems so far. Thank God! :D
 

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Get some reed rush. Soak the rush in a glass of water for a few minutes until it's pliable, and then slowly rub it along the vamp. A few strokes should remove enough to soften the reed up some.
 

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Regard the vamp, the vamp is the flat portion of the reed? Where the contact between the table (base) of the mpc? Or the top of the reed? I would sand the top portion a bit.. I wouldnt sand the flat portion to avoid uneven surface... is that ok? Need advice and guidance.
 

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La Voz reeds used to be great

I've found that new La Voz reeds are not as good as the old La Voz from about 2 years ago in the old white box as oppose to the new green/red/brown (rico owned ?) box. I recently managed to get a old white box from ebay here in the UK and they are so much better than the new ones. They seem a lot more resonant, require less breath pressure, are louder and more responsive. Every reed out of the old box has been good and some great. I get far less decent players in a new box. Come on Rico, let La Voz do whatever it was doing the old way with the old cane...or whatever.
 

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bLu3sU3d3 said:
Regard the vamp, the vamp is the flat portion of the reed? Where the contact between the table (base) of the mpc? Or the top of the reed? I would sand the top portion a bit.. I wouldnt sand the flat portion to avoid uneven surface... is that ok? Need advice and guidance.
Unless my terminology is wonky, the vamp is areas 5 & 6 mainly and a bit into 2, 3 & 4 in this drawing:

 

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ah thanks for the info cleger. =)

ok, i dont really know much abt sanding the reed, according to the picture, where should start first? Assuming I know that the reed i tried is really giving me lots of problems.
 

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yeh thanks for the tips, i soaked them in raki (strong turkish spirit) for around half an hour and then sandpapered some of the vamp, they play like a dream now.
 
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